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were also in washington today to mark this anniversary. >> when i look out over this diverse crowd and survey the guests on this platform, i seemed to realize what otis redding is talking about, and what dr. king preached about, this moment has been a long time coming but a change has come. >> now, it is time for "the last word" with lawrence o'donnell, thank you for joining us, have a great night. >>> 50 years ago tonight, reporters filing stories on a demonstration in washington noted three things. it was peaceful, it was far larger than anyone expected. and a young preacher departed from his planned text. those unplanned sentences have never been forgotten. >> nbc news presents the march on washington. >> i have a dream. >> 50 years later, the dream lives on. >> it was in the middle of battles to break down the walls of apartheid in america. >> martin luther king jr. made a speech, but he also delivered a sermon. >> my father watched from the white house as dr. king and y thousands of others recommitted us to higher ideals. >> injustice is injustice everywhere. >> he gazed at th
on a demonstration in washington noted three things. it was peaceful, it was far larger than anyone expected. and a young preacher departed from his planned text. those unplanned sentences have never been forgotten. >> nbc news presents the march on washington. >> i have a dream. >> 50 years later, the dream lives on. >> it was in the middle of battles to break down the walls of apartheid in america. >> martin luther king jr. made a speech, but he also delivered a sermon. >> my father watched from the white house as dr. king and thousands of others recommitted us to higher ideals. >> injustice is injustice everywhere. >> he gazed at the wall of segregation and saw that the power of love could bring it down. >> martin luther king jr. did not live and die to hear his heirs whine about political grid lock. >> the arc may have bent towards justice, but it doesn't bend on its own. >> for all who are willing to take the flame for justice, i know that flame remains. the tired teacher, the businessman, they are marching. >> we knew fear. the sound of the bells today. let freedom ring everywhere we g
knowing exactly what he is up against, which was eloquently diagnosed 530 miles away from washington, d.c. in lexington, kentucky today by the 34-year-old democratic kentucky secretary of state, allison lundergin grimes, who is running to unseat republican mitch mcconnell in the senate. >> there is a disease in the dysfunction in washington, d.c. and after nearly 30 years, mitch mcconnell was at the center of it. where once, congressmen and senators would come together to work together for the common good. we now have senator mcconnell, the proud grid lock, grinding the government to a hold. senator mcconnell has blocked legislation that could actually help kentucky and move this nation forward. and for the past few years, he has done it for the worst possible reason, a reason that my grandmother would tell you was no motivation at all. out of spite. >> senator mcconnell offered this welcome to president obama on the senate floor in advance of his visit to the hill. >> it really would be nice to see president obama work with congress for a change. to get some important things done for t
, and his new documentary comes out september 27th. and "the washington post," ezra klein. robert reisch, we're at that time on the calendar again where september 30th we come to the point where we have to come up with a type of legislation to continue funding the government, followed quickly by an increase in the debt ceiling. and of course, as usual, the republican threats are flying. >> well, yes, lawrence, this whale of a fight. it is interesting to conceive of john boehner having a whale of a fight with a president that is not going to negotiate. it is like shadow boxing. and who are you actually going to fight with when the president is not going to negotiate? and the president is actually right in not negotiating. bond markets are already going to be roiled by the feds tapering off the quantitative easing, if you want a chance on that on the federal debt, we'll see the bond markets go crazy, wall street will go crazy, all the republican patriots will come down hard on them as they did the last time. >> i want to play what jay carney said about negotiating on the debt ceiling yesterday
washington is not talking about regime change, the syrian rebels certainly are. >> first and foremost to the american public, we do need to see proof. >> what would the legal justification be? >> what is the political purpose of trying to achieve? >> the president said there has to be consequences. >> there needs to be international consequences. >> that doesn't mean there has to be an all-out war. >> i am alex wagner in for lawrence o'donnell. more than 100 people have been brutally murdered in the last 48 hours. over 4,000 people have been killed in the past five months. over 500 criminals and terrorists are free after al-qaeda exploited a troubled and untroubled environment. that is the situation in iraq. the result of a seemingly unrelenting wave of violence. that legacy of the bush administration which convinced the american people to support a military invasion on false premises and faulty intelligence, which yielded thousands of american deaths, no wmds and a safe haven for terrorists where none existed before looms over the white house as president obama considers what to do n
. ♪ >>> this wednesday is the 50th anniversary of the march on washington and congressman john lewis a key member of that march 50 years ago is marking the milestone with a new milestone at his own. he's at the top of the best-seller list with a graphic novel, "the march-book 1" is now number one on the "washington post" non-fiction list. the trilogy tells the georgia democrat's story of the civil rights movement. and book 2 and 3 will be released in 2013 and 2015. support for the civil rights act is coming from an unlikely place. what you wear to bed is your business. so, if you're sleeping in your contact lenses, ask about the air optix® contacts so breathable they're approved for up to 30 nights of continuous wear. serious eye problems may occur. ask your doctor and visit for safety information and a free one-month trial. but you had to leave rightce to now, would you go? world, man: 'oh i can't go tonight' woman: 'i can't.' hero : that's what expedia asked me. host: book the flight but you have to go right now. hero: (laughs) and i just go? this is for real right? this is for re
they say there is a new corrosive kind of politics in washington, the politics that denies the glory of a common destiny. a type of politics that says compromise is a dirty word. and bipartisanship is as rare as a rainbow at midnight. but i know that is not new jersey. and those definitely are not our values. you see i now know who my opponent will be in october. and he is a person of strong believes. and i found out already, even stronger rhetoric. but please know this about me. those who know me already know my spirit. please know this about me, i will match his negative attacks with positive vision. he puts up his fist, i'm going to extend a hand. he wants to be a flame-thrower, i want to be a bridge-builder. but don't get me wrong, i cut my teeth here in newark. so i'm telling you right now in this campaign if he demeans a woman's equality, i will affirm it. if he seeks to regulate our gay brothers and sisters as second class citizenship, i will elevate them and everyone. i will elevate with the truth that god loves all his children, even those that seeks to deny some equality, h
of republican strategists in washington. >>> we have breaking news tonight on the question of whether or not ted cruz is now or ever has been a canadian citizen. that question provoked a strangely indefinite response, not from cruz himself but from his staff earlier today after the "dallas morning news" reported this. "born in canada to an american mother, ted cruz became an instant u.s. citizen, but under canadian law he also became a citizen of that country the moment he was born. unless the texas republican senator formally renounces that citizenship, he will remain a citizen of both countries, legal experts say." ted cruz released his canadian birth certificate in response to inquiries from the "dallas morning news." today ted cruz's senate press secretary released this oddly worded statement. "to our knowledge, he never had canadian citizenship." now, when a senator's staff speak for the senator says "to our knowledge," everything that follows that is a statement that everyone in that senate office knows might have to be quickly revised, and so it has been. the "washington post" is now repo
in washington. >> this delay is inexcusable. >> it is thursday, august 22. there are so many other issues looming large. >> president obama speaking at the university of buffalo. >>> bradley manning's stunning announcement. >> more revelations about the nsa. but first, developing stories. >>> the worst voter suppression laws in the country. >> the justice department is pursuing a new course. >> to the state's voter id law. >> there is a new electorate. they know the south has changed. >> there has to be a point where the two sides clash. >> that is why they're trying so hard to stop the vote. >> the real battle lies ahead in washington. >> the brave, quick thinking unarmed woman who stopped the bad guy with a gun who walked into an elementary school in georgia almost was not there. antoinette tuff was reportedly scheduled to have the day off on tuesday, but a last-minute shift switch put her in the school's front office, where she was confronted by the gunman and successfully talked him into surrendering. her heroism, as you know, was captured on a 911 call. >> stay on the line with me no
political reporter for the "washington post." nia, did you see any movement in the race last night as a result of that debate? >> absolutely not. i mean, i'm still stunned at those numbers. 49%. i think it's 12% and 8%. no movement. i mean, this guy is going to win. i think the question is what kind of senator he's going to be. it looks like his opponents there are trying to say that he's not quite progressive enough. but i think on some issues he will be in terms of coming to the senate. he really wants to focus, for instance, on poverty. i interviewed him a couple months ago. he said that would be his focus, he wants to use that platform to shine a light on poverty, something democrats haven't done for many years now, and also that he'd want to move to southeast d.c., anacostia, which is a neighborhood here that has long struggled with joblessness and high crime. so i think we're going to see him shake up the senate a little bit. >> ryan, he certainly ran the classic way ahead front-runner campaign in this thing so far, which is you can ignore these debates. but i think it seemed
republican means and what it would do for the party. >> joining me now, washington post reporter dan balls, author of the book, "collision 2012" and the author of future elections in american. it is not going to get much better for rand paul if he is not going to talk about what it means for the republican party. does he talk about ending all aid of any kind, the posturing that republicans have held for years and other elements of the party. and so you see him there kind of unable to deal with john harwood's questions and asking to go in the direction that i think personally will not help him either. >> well, the problem that he has got. he certainly has support in the tea party faction, lawrence, and that is not insignificant in the republican party of 2013 and heading toward 2016. but as you point out, there are a lot of views he has which are well out of sort of the mainstream in the republican party. and the longer it goes on with those positions, the harder it will be to consolidate and gain support within the republican party that is capable of winning the nomination. >> well you kno
, washington editor at large. we have predictions from john mccain, saying now is the time to fundamentally rethink our relationship with russia. lindsey graham, something similar. but this is not coming from the republican side of the aisle. chuck schumer says that russia has stabbed us in the back. and each day that mr. snowden is allowed to roam free is another twist of the knife. given russia's decision today, the president should recommend moving the g-20 summit. now steve, that is very harsh language coming from a liberal democratic senator and his reaction today. >> well, i think that we're going to see a number of reactions along those lines. but the fundamental reality is that russia is a member of the permanent five in the nations. it is a nation with a lot of nuclear weapons. it is a nation that has a significant share of oil and natural gas reserves. we have to continue to deal with russia, and russia will continue to be a consequential relationship. it is a nation we have to deal with. and i think that one of the mistakes as you and i talked about previously that the white hous
committee and former staff director for the house over sight committee, this is a classic washington tool when big corporations and other entities find themselves in conflict with the regulation that they believe is in conflict with the law, they go into federal court and they try to get that regulation bent in some way. or moved out of the way. >> that is right, and the question is can a member of congress get standing to do it. i think if chris van hollen, who has been a member, can get this, you have been out in front on the obama care you predicted that accurately, i think you may very well predict this accurately. the governing rule when you challenge this, basic issue is if congress is given an agency discretion, then the courts generally defer to the agency and how they develop rules, so long as that discretion is used prudentally and appropriately. when congress has said in plain terms of the statute that you have to apply that standard, in those cases it is an open and shut case. the courts have ruled on this very many times that if an agency doesn't have this kind of discretion,
, and he sent a check to anthony weiner. >> joining me now, "washington post" political reporter nia malika-henderson. nia-malika, when do you think the last time anthony weiner was mentioned at a kentucky political -- at a kentucky senate campaign? >> yeah. very, very weird and telling about that fancy farm picnic, not very fancy, very raucous there. i think alison lundergan grimes came out very well. she handled that crowd. it was a packed audience for mitch mcconnell there. you saw everybody yelling "we want mitch, we want mitch." and there she was, very pointed in her criticism of mitch mcconnell. i think the people to watch in this race are the clintons. clinton's a great, great friend of alison's father. he's already cut an ad in support of her. and this is really going to be a test of democrats' fortunes in the south more generally because that is where democrats have some room to grow. and this is a state, kentucky, that clinton of course won twice, in '92 and then of course again in '96. so i think that'll be interesting to see, how much bill clinton is there and how much hillary c
. mitt romney said "emotion is understandably at play in washington among some of our fellow republicans. i badly want obamacare to go away and stripping it of funds has appeal but we need to exercise great care about any talk of shutting down government. what would come next, when soldiers respect paid, when seniors care for their medicare and social security and when the fbi is off duty? i'm afraid that in the final analysis obamacare would get its funding, our party would suffer in the next elections and the people of the nation would not be happy." mitt romney also weighed in on 2016 saying "i do have some advice for us as a party. i know i lost. i'm probably not the first person you would ask for advice." that's correct, mitt. "but because we all learn from our mistakes i may have a thought or two of value, staying smart also means backing candidates that can win. my guess is that every one of the contenders would be better than whoever the democrats put up. but there will only be one or perhaps two who actually could win the election in november, think it through stay smart. "sam s
at first nothing to go on but a "washington post" article, and i remember reading that day. oh, this is fascinating, the butler who has been there for 34 years. you come upon the article and you see a movie? >> yeah, it was actually -- our great producer, a real legend in the business. she brought it into me, and said do you think you can turn this into a movie? i thought i have no idea how to do this. but there is a very special movie in here if i could just figure it out. and i knew it was something i had to try to do. >> and you were going to have to do it as a historian reporter before you got play screenwriter. you had to sit down with the family members and get a much fuller story than what you could get out of a newspaper article. >> that is right, it is so wonderful being here on the show with charles allen, because we spent so much time together all of those years ago. and now we have a movie, and i spent a lot of time with charles, i got to interview eugene allen, which was really a great honor, and then i got to interview other people at the white house, as well. oth
-obama, and we have to convince people you can have hope in america. >> joining me now "the washington post" eugene robinson and abbey huntsman, abbey, you understand these republicans better than i do. >> i try my best, it is tough. >> they must have gotten a fantastic deal on that hotel to decide, let's go to boston, which like in its history has never voted republican, certainly not in my lifetime voted for a republican for president. and let's go to the hotel where mitt romney had to face his loss. let's just drink in the misery of that hotel as we try to figure out how to what? not be the mitt romney party anymore. >> i think some of their thought processes were, they thought about this meeting during the boston bombing. interesting thought, though, from reince priebus saying unified. i think that is the exact problem for the republican party. look, nobody should expect by friday a more re-energized republican party. i think this is their usual annual summer party. what they're really focusing on is two areas, the voter out reach, republicans have lagged pretty far behind democrats ove
, and steve clemens, washington editor at large for "the atlantic." steve, what was your reaction to the statement today by president obama? >> well, i think finally it was a small step, a very meager step, but nonetheless in the right direction of at least sending a message to the generals that what was under way was unacceptable. i have offered a stronger signal, offered much earlier than the president did. so i give him credit for finally moving. but i suspect it was not nearly soon enough. given what we saw in these last days. >> i want to read a statement that rand paul issued today. he is a member of the senate foreign relations committee. he said while president obama condemns the violence in egypt, his administration continues to send taxpayer dollars to help it. the law is very clear when a coup takes place, the aid must stop. with thousands injured and some dead this week. the chaos continues to grow, the president needs to stop skirting the issue, follow the law and stop sending aid to egypt. ambassador, how would you respond to that? >> well, i must say the fact that w
and nia-malika henderson of the "washington post." dale, what are your principal legal challenges to the law? >> we're challenging the law under both the united states constitution and section 2 of the federal voting rights act. the question we really have for north carolina is why won't you just let people vote? all americans should be free to cast a ballot and exercise the most fundamental right we have in our democracy. but as you can see from this bill, which has absolutely nothing to do with voter fraud but has everything to do with making the right to vote harder, it's not the kind of thing that we can tolerate at the aclu. it's not the kind of thing that our clients in north carolina and our co-counsel in north carolina can tolerate. it's a terrible bill all around. some people have called it the most suppressive voting law that's been enacted in the last 50 years, pretty much since the voting rights act was passed in 1965. so it's really something that we just have to challenge under both the constitution and the voting rights act. >> nia, they are really trying to discour
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